US News & World Report released its list of the “2021-22 Best Places to Live in the United States,” and Houston took a tumble. The Bayou City was ranked 39th among the largest metropolitan areas in the country, 12 places lower than last year’s 27th place.
The list ranked the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on factors such as affordability, labor market, quality of life and attractiveness.
“This year we’re looking at how the most populous subway areas in the United States have fared (during COVID) and how far they will have to come to recover,” said Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at US News. “It should come as no surprise that many metropolitan areas where unemployment skyrocketed in 2020 fell in the rankings, but those with greater employment stability tended to do well.”